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The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present - Beaumont Newhall

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Since its first publication in 1937, The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present has been hailed as the classic work on the subject of photography. The ability to relate the aesthetic evolution of the art of photography to its technical innovations with such an absorbing combination of clarity, scholarship and enthusiasm is no small task. Those that were 'forced' to buy this book for photography school or classes have said that it remains one of the most comprehensive, detailed and well written references on the history of photography and will forever be a part of their library.

With 287 black-and-white photos and 14 color illustrations, The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present looks at the significant trends and developments in the medium since the first photographs were made in 1839. New selections added to this fifth edition include photographs made in color, from hand-tinted daguerreotypes of 1850 to turn-of-the-century autochromes by Edward Steichen, to works by contemporary masters such as Eliot Porter, Ernst Haas, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore and Joel Meyerowitz.


Through more than 300 works by such master photographers as William Henry Fox Talbot, Timothy O'Sullivan, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eugene Atget, Peter Henry Emerson, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Callahan, Minor White, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus, author Beaumont Newhall (see About the Author below) presents a fascinating, comprehensive study that continues to be THE reference book on the subject of photography today.

You don't have to be the next Richard Avedon or Annie Leibovitz to appreciate The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present. If you're even remotely interested in photography and its development, this is a perfect way to begin your 'education'.


  • Condition: New paperback. Glued binding.
  • Edition: Fifth Edition - Published 1982
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art / New York
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870703812
  • ISBN-10 0870703811
  • Pages: 320
  • Rating:★★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • Influential curator, art historian, writer and photographer, Beaumont Newhall was the Librarian at The Museum of Modern Art in 1935, the first Director of MoMA's Photography Department in 1940, served as Curator of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House from 1948 to 1958 and then as its Director from 1958 to 1971.